Spray-on insulation and fireproofing has always been the quickest and most convenient way of quickly applying these features to a building. Typically found in unfinished interiors in homes or commercial buildings such as warehouses, this spray-on might be exposed to the elements or hidden behind walls, ceilings, or floors. In buildings made before the 1990s, there is a chance that this product was spray-on asbestos – potentially being a health hazard in these old homes or buildings.
What is Spray-on Asbestos?
Spray-on asbestos was used to provide quick and easy use as an insulator, fireproofing agent, and acoustic coating. Usually a combination of asbestos fibers with some sort of bonding agent – such as cement or adhesives – this agent was sprayed onto the surface. Typically found in irregular areas or to fill gaps and cracks in buildings, this agent was then usually covered with another material or sprayed between surfaces.
Potential Asbestos Health Concerns
Spray-on forms of asbestos are particularly dangerous as they tend to be friable in nature, easily breaking if damaged. Since they can be either exposed to the elements or hidden, caution should be taken when dealing with likely places it could be found, including attics and basements. Spray-on asbestos can be made with multiple kinds of asbestos, including white, brown, and blue asbestos. Learn more about the various types in our blog, Is Asbestos Man-Made or Naturally Occurring?
Identifying Spray-on Asbestos
Unlike with other types of asbestos insulation and fireproofing, spray-on asbestos may not include manufacturer’s markings or logos. Samples may need to be taken as part of an asbestos inspection. If the building was built before 1990, the further back the building goes, the more likely the spray-on product could contain asbestos.
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